My 500 Dollars a Month Paradise in Guatemala

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After 12 years of travel, I finally accept the majority of my readers do not trust me, they think I live like a Hobo, when in reality I live in Paradise.



I pay 187.46 US Dollars per month for my Private room in Hotel Posada Don Carlos here in Panajachel, Guatemala. I pay daily, the monthly rate is cheaper... hehehe

80 Cable Channels, with HBO, Cinemax, CNN and all the other stations.
High-speed Internet that allows me to use Skype.com 24 hours per day.

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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala --- Thursday, May 6, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com

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I was living across the street in the Hotel El Amigo for the same price, the room was nicer, but I enjoy the family environment and the courtyard of Hotel Posada Don Carlos.



Friends Annoy Me
It annoys me when my friends do not believe me I live in Paradise, however I must accept it. Generally, people believe they need to pay 100 dollars per night to have a great room. If they believed me, then they would need to accept paying 100 Dollars per night is stupid.

I guess there is a group of us that will always have the paradise to ourselves; there is no need to worry that we need to share.

Chris said to me,
"I do not want to tell people, maybe the Hotel will be too full, and I would lose my room."
I said,
"Do not worry, they do not believe us."

My 500 Dollars a Month Paradise in Guatemala

Gadget

Negotiation Skills is an integral part of travel, I have for some reason always assumed people understood how to negotiate. I have started an area of the site that will deal with all possible methods of negotiations, and will start to focus travel tips on this, thanks for reminding me.

http://www.hobotraveler.com/negotiations/index.php


A room for less than 100 a night is going to be in a crime ridden area of NYC but to keep crime statistics down the police do not offically report them to keep the tourists coming ! Sounds like something Guatamala would do ? But it is happening in New York.
http://nyccrime.blogspot.com/


Grandma Diva

I believe you. My room actually is costing less USD110.00 per month, but no cable (Who needs it, with a view of the Himalaya) also fresh vegetables in the garden. This is India yaar!


Asiabill

More and more people are being exposed and learning about the many "paradise" lifestyles are possible all over the world. It seems that a large percentage of Baby Boomers ( from 55 to 65 year old now ) have not saved enough for their retirement years and are finding it more difficult to live in the States and Canada without working partime to supplement their pension checks. For those who choose to relocate or live a seasonal "snow bird" lifestyle in a country with a low cost of living find they can actually save money and enjoy life in a warmer climate.

I left the States at 22 year old and never spent a consecutive 12 months there since Jan 77, earning and saving money in the richer countries and traveling and living in the developing aka third world countries for 2 or 3 times longer than it took to save.


Gadget

Less than 100 dollar per month rooms are available on Lago, Atitlan or in Panajachel, I think apartments are always cheaper. I am in a Hotel at 187 per month.


Gadget

List of 35 Hotels that are under 210 Dollars per month.

This is calculated on a daily rate, not a negotiated deal, this is the price you would get if you rented a room or bed for one night. The HoboHideOut.com site is new, there is only 1400 Hotels, and I predict there will one day be close to 25 Million.

El Salmon Hostel http://www.hobohideout.com/argentina/buenos-aires/el-salmon-hostel 4 argentina buenos-aires
Rasta House http://www.hobohideout.com/bolivia/la-paz/rasta-house 5 bolivia la-paz
Buglaria Apartments http://www.hobohideout.com/bulgaria/sofia/buglaria-apartments 1 bulgaria sofia
Bhodi Villa http://www.hobohideout.com/cambodia/kampot/bhodi-villa 5 cambodia kampot
Royal Guest House http://www.hobohideout.com/cameroon/douala/royal-guest-house 5 cameroon douala
Buccaneer Beach Club And Marina http://www.hobohideout.com/colombia/arboletes/buccaneer-beach-club-and-marina 5 colombia arboletes
Hotel Maxima http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/puerto-lopez/hotel-maxima 7 ecuador puerto-lopez
Cabanas La Chantalita http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/montecristi/cabanas-la-chantalita 7 ecuador montecristi
Grahams Place http://www.hobohideout.com/ecuador/ibarra/grahams-place 5 ecuador ibarra
Strawberry Fields Ecolodge http://www.hobohideout.com/ethiopia/konso/strawberry-fields-ecolodge 3 ethiopia konso
Crib 15 http://www.hobohideout.com/czech-republic/prague/crib-15 6 czech-republic prague
Nabeglavi Rural Hotel Of Givi Antidze In Resort Nabeglavi http://www.hobohideout.com/georgia/nabeglavi/nabeglavi-rural-hotel-of-givi-antidze-in-resort-nabeglavi 7 georgia nabeglavi
Rainbow Garden Village At Lake Bosumtwi http://www.hobohideout.com/ghana/kumasi/rainbow-garden-village-at-lake-bosumtwi 7 ghana kumasi
Hostal Don Diego http://www.hobohideout.com/guatemala/quetzaltenango/hostal-don-diego 7 guatemala quetzaltenango
Villa Korkyra Apartments http://www.hobohideout.com/croatia/korcula/villa-korkyra-apartments 1 croatia korcula
Vino Camel Safari Guest House http://www.hobohideout.com/india/bikaner/vino-camel-safari-guest-house 7 india bikaner
Wildebeest Camp http://www.hobohideout.com/kenya/nairobi/wildebeest-camp 7 kenya nairobi
Saiga Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/kenya/kericho/saiga-hotel 5 kenya kericho
Hummingbird Backpackers http://www.hobohideout.com/mexico/chetumal/hummingbird-backpackers 5 mexico chetumal
Hospedaje Luna Y Cafe Luz http://www.hobohideout.com/nicaragua/esteli/hospedaje-luna-y-cafe-luz 6 nicaragua esteli
Kaspers Private Den In The Heart Of Poznan http://www.hobohideout.com/poland/poznan/kaspers-private-den-in-the-heart-of-poznan 3 poland poznan
Ron And Fires Place http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/tacloban-city/ron-and-fires-place 6 philippines tacloban-city
Sugbutel http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/cebu-city/sugbutel 6 philippines cebu-city
Bantayan Island Independant Hotels http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/bantayan-island/bantayan-island-independant-hotels 6 philippines bantayan-island
Townhouse Hostel Manila http://www.hobohideout.com/philippines/manila/townhouse-hostel-manila 7 philippines manila
Greenwood Garden Eco Adventure Camp http://www.hobohideout.com/thailand/mae-hong-son/greenwood-garden-eco-adventure-camp 3 thailand mae-hong-son
Thaepae Gate Lodge http://www.hobohideout.com/thailand/chiang-mai/thaepae-gate-lodge 6 thailand chiang-mai
Auberge Mandela http://www.hobohideout.com/togo/kpalime/auberge-mandela 7 togo kpalime
Apartments In Turkey http://www.hobohideout.com/turkey/istanbul/apartments-in-turkey 1 turkey istanbul
Sakina Campsite http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/arusha/sakina-campsite 7 tanzania arusha
Kabanga Garden Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/kabanga/kabanga-garden-hotel 3 tanzania kabanga
Marine Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/tanzania/kahama/marine-hotel 5 tanzania kahama
Park House Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/uganda/ishaka/park-house-hotel 5 uganda ishaka
Mayoba Inn http://www.hobohideout.com/uganda/mbarara/mayoba-inn 5 uganda mbarara
Thuan Duc Hotel http://www.hobohideout.com/vietnam/ho-chi-minh-city/thuan-duc-hotel 7 vietnam ho-chi-minh-city


Asiabill

Thanks Andy for the list I've copied it and saved it! I'll be traveling alot over the next few years. Negotiations over rental rates and the whole bargaining process is part of the cultural character of many countries, especially in Islamic nations. Americans and Europeans have lost the "art" of bargaining which is similar to SURRENDER, and just paying whatever the corporate dictated prices are fro goods and services giving their permission to the ever growing inflation in the costs of living. The ONLY way to effect pricing is to BOYCOTT all overpriced goods and services but somehow the last 20 years of university students have ceased to boycott large entitiies.